If you crave some real food on this monotonous stretch of Connecticut's I-84, The Windmill Diner will satisfy your hunger when fast food just won't do. I've had corned beef hash in many diners, only to be disappointed when they bring out that predictable, just-out-of-the-can product which has been machine ground into something resembling dog food (yuch!). I've even asked specifically if a diner has home made hash and not the "canned" variety, only to be lied to and served the dog food as if I never asked. Of course I never go back to these places, but you still never quite get over being "burned"!
Finally, a diner makes their own hash with finely diced flakes of real corned beef in a rough chop with just the right amount of potatoes. It came to my table perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, exactly the way it should be. I got mine topped with two fried eggs "over light" with white toast. When I broke open the yolks and combined some with a forkful of hash, I experienced one of those rare moments - the real deal, a contender for the big leagues of corned beef hash.
The Windmill has all the usual diner fare, and I saw awesome looking blueberry pancakes, bacon, and omelets on nearby tables. I have no idea about the lunch and dinner offerings because I only had a breakfast menu. They pretty much have anything you want, and the coffee was just right as well. The good food is served promptly by seasoned waitresses on real dishes and mugs (yes!). The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. (Should I say crazy cheap?) I don't think I've seen more reasonably priced breakfast plates in years, most in the $6-$7 range. I now have a place that I can return to with confidence on my long drives between Massachusetts and Maryland. Real hash... Oh yeah! I'll be back for sure.